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The City of Tempe is asking for public feedback on proposed re-designs for the 8th St/Creamery Row, going from Rural to McClintock in front of Four Peaks Brewing Co:

http://tempe.gov/city-hall/public-works/transportation/traffic-calming-/8th-street

This is fundamentally a bicycle project and bike user input is explicitly requested, though needs of area businesses are also being weighed. Of course, we think that a 2-3x increase in bicycle traffic would benefit Four Peaks and area businesses.

We’ve created a Facebook event here. Please RSVP if you can attend, or just go online and give your comments and discuss the project: https://www.facebook.com/events/963869433627725/

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We are officially less than two weeks away from the biggest and best cycling event in the valley! That’s right, the annual Tour de Fat is right around the corner so we’ve compiled some information to get you all caught up and ready to go for the big day.

What is it?

Touted by New Belgium Brewing as their traveling celebration of all things bicycle, Tour de Fat starts out with a costumed bike parade through the city but the finish line is only the beginning of the festivities. Being the tenth and final stop on the Tour de Fat circuit this year means that you get to experience the grand finale and there is nothing we are holding back! There is going to be musical acts, yo-yo performers, bike/costume/dance contests, and even vaudeville acts so make sure to bring the family and friends along for the fun.

Why should you go?

Do you like bicycles? Do you like good beer? Do you like supporting the community? Do you like having fun? If you answered yes to one or more of these than you have no excuse to not show up to Tour de Fat. Also, those are trick questions because by signing up to receive these emails we already know you answered yes to at least a few of them. Proceeds from beer sales and donations are being given directly to local non-profits consisting of Tempe Bicycle Action Group, The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona, The Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol, and Bike Saviours Bicycle Collective to benefit bicycle culture and advocacy. Tour de Fat serves as the main source of funding for these groups so come sip an ice-cold New Belgium brew for a good cause.

When is it?

The costumed parade ride will start at 11 a.m. on October 4th, but registration for the ride will open up an hour beforehand, at 10 a.m. Remember we said that it was a daylong celebration? Well we weren’t kidding! After the parade there will be tons of entertainment to keep you busy until the big finale starts around 5 p.m.

Where is it?

Tour de Fat will be taking place at Tempe Beach Park, 620 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ. Also visit here for a map of the parade ride!

How much does it cost?

The best things in life are free which is why there is no charge to come out and partake in the festivities! Also, if you really like free stuff you can always pre-register for the parade online and if you chose to make a donation you will be rewarded with some awesome, free Tour de Fat gear such as a frog bike light or a license plate. That can all be taken care of here.

Why can’t it be sooner?

We know that you’re more excited than ever for Tour de Fat and while it may seem far away, these next couple weeks or so will go by fast. What does this mean for you? Start picking out your costume, decorating your bike, and spreading the word about the event. Us over here at T.B.A.G. look forward to riding and celebrating with you on October 4th. Also, stay tuned for upcoming pre-TdF ride information coming soon. Happy Cycling!

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Help us on our mission of bringing safe streets to everyone who wants to ride! Right now, the TBAG board members are doing most of the day to day chores, but we want to change that and grow the organization. The more people helping, the more crazy plots and schemes we can chase and the more good we can do! Please get involved if you can. Here’s what we need:

http://www.biketempe.org/events/tour-de-fat/ — Tour de Fat is fast approaching! It takes an army to put this on, but thankfully there are multiple shifts so you can still enjoy the show and share a beer.

In addition to beer pour, trash, ticket sales, and so on, I need a small team of people to help introduce TBAG to the crowds and give away stickers, and to staff the TBAG booth. If you follow what we do and you’ve volunteered for TBAG before and helped with advocacy, bike lights for ninjas, or any of our programs or stunts, consider joining the Chain Gang team.

TdF is a riot, but we also need help on an ongoing basis. We could really use help with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — pick one or go crazy).

Help writing blog posts and sending out periodic newsletters based on that would be spectacular. If you can help us make our WordPress site at http://biketempe.org look a little more airy and cheerful, we’d love that.

Amateur, semi-professional, or professional videography would help a lot. We should be showing the world what the Bike Lights for Ninjas look like, or what happens when we put on Bike Games, and we need to produce a video to show New Belgium what we’ve been up to. A willing amateur would be a lot more than we’ve got now!

Can you schedule monthly meetings at Boulders on Broadway for volunteers and advocates to come to to get involved and find out what’s going on? Board members can attend, and we need to start doing this again since ASU is in session and bike session is on, but help scheduling and promoting them would help free us up for actually helping people with their ideas.

We’re planning a Bike Lights for Ninjas Night sometime probably this week.  Visit http://biketempe.org/join-us and sign up for Volunteer Opportunities if you aren’t already on there.

Have another idea for something we should be doing but aren’t? Please get in touch.

There’s a lot of us who ride in Tempe, but we want everyone who wants to ride a bike to feel safe and part of a community! Please help us realize our dream.

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In April 2013, the third annual city-wide bike count in Tempe was conducted as a way of understanding cycling habits and to identify routes and intersections that are problematic or dangerous. In total, 14,750 bicyclists were counted from a total of 91 different locations, with 26 locations common between 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Get the report here [pdf]: Tempe_Bike_Count_Report_2013

Thanks to everyone who helped bring this effort to fruition!

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Zhergxing Yang is the winner of a balloon tour for two by Float Balloon Tours. The other night before the CRAP Ride Tempe, we gathered all the count sheets we have. We recruited two visiting cycle tourists to throw them all in the air and grab one, and Yang is our lucky winner! Thanks again to the huge cast and crew who made this effort a success.

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The 4rd annual Tempe Bike Count takes place in just two weeks, on March 25-27. Training meetings are in just one week. Each of 58 intersections has an AM shift and a PM shift. You can sign up for just one 2 hour shift, or more shifts on more days if you want.

If you think you can make it, please sign up now to reserve your intersection, and so that I know that we’re going to have enough people, but let us (bikecount@biketempe.org) know if you have to cancel or switch days.

RSVPs for training dates are used to figure out how much pizza to order. Tempe icon William T. Terrance will introduce the Bike Count and all of the ways to get confused that you never even thought of.

When:

The count will take place over three days. Each volunteer counts during commuting hours, with morning (7:00am to 9:00am) or afternoon (4:00pm to 6:00pm) shifts (or both).

  • Tuesday, March 25th
  • Wednesday, March 26th
  • Thursday, March 27th

For full details on the Tempe Bike Count and to sign up please go to: http://www.biketempe.org/events/bike-count/

Why:

Traffic Engineering responds well to serious safety problems. People ride bikes even where safe infrastructure doesn’t exist. Often, the only way through is on roads like Southern, McClintock, or Rural, where bicycles were not taken into consideration. The Bike Count lets us show the city where cyclists overwhelmingly feel they have to ride on the sidewalk, something that the city knows is not safe. It also shows the City of Tempe how many bicycles do come out where safe facilities do exist, which helps them with their goals of smug reduction and congestion reduction. The raw data has been requested by environmental engineering firms, traffic engineering grad students, and others. We’ve presented it to the Tempe Traffic Engineers and at the ADOT Highway Safety Summit. The Bike Count is a fantastic way to encourage making Tempe bicycle friendly, and to quantify progress. It helps the city help us!

Afterparty:

We’re throwing an appreciation party at Boulders on Broadway for our volunteers! Come turn in your count sheets, have a beer, and tell tales of the craziness you saw out there on the streets of Tempe.

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http://bitcoin100.org promotes Bitcoin with donations of $1000 worth of Bitcoins to selected non-profits. At today’s rates, that’s 1.599 of them. Tempe Bicycle Action Group is pleased to receive this contribution. To accept this and future Bitcoin contributions, we’ve added a Bitcoin donation widget to the side bar. Our address is 1DtJhkiszBie5iLKGin7NnsWBwXvbuCuSG. This also means that we now have a balance of Bitcoins to pay for goods and services where they are accepted. Thanks much to bitcoin100 for their philanthropic work!

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February is (almost) here and we will have an abundance of bike fun events for you in the coming weeks.

The 2014 season of Science Sunday Rides kick off this Sunday, February 2. Solar Energy will be the topic, and the AZ Republic solar/business reported Ryan Randazzo is the guide. Starts at the Tempe Transit Station at 2pm. The next Science Ride occurs two weeks later on February 16th.

The annual Tweed Ride hits the streets of Tempe on Saturday, Feb 8th. Dress in your tweediest fines and meet at Tempe Beach Park at 3 for tea and grassy games. The ride will visit some of the most appropriate establishments in the area on a rambling route.

As always, the CRAP ride occurs every Tuesday at 7:30 at Tempe’s Front Porch, and is a great way to keep abreast of the latest news and events.

Keep and eye on the all-encompassing calendar at bikearizona.com to make sure you don’t miss anything.
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Tweed Ride FB link: https://www.facebook.com/events/131896793647228/

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More than 1,000 people are expected to participate in the Tour de Tempe community bike ride on April 6 from 7:30 – 11 a.m. at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. All America Way in the west parking lot north of Guadalupe Road across from the batting cages. This free 10-mile bike ride is led by members of the Tempe City Council.

The City has requested TBAG volunteers. On the morning of Sunday April 6, 2014 we will need 12 volunteers: 5 people to ride in the crowd and help out when necessary and 7 people to stand at locations along the route where people could make a wrong turn.

We will also need a couple people manning the TBAG booth during registration, which begins at 7:30 am, and following the ride. We will have a 10 x 10 tent, an 8 foot table, and 2 chairs provided for us. We will need to supply the TBAG propaganda. Breakdown for the event usually begins around 11 am.

All volunteers will get a free t-shirt and breakfast, so provide your t-shirt size when you respond.

We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming activity.

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/yrdjFR
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone (at least that’s what they’ve promised). If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Ashlee or I and we can sign you up manually.

Ashlee (ashlee@biketempe.org), our excellent Rides Coordinator, is
kindly organizing this event (I’m just sending the email).

See ya there!
-scott

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Thanks to a grant from the Not One More Foundation, the billboard has been renewed for two more months with new a campaign inspired by Pittsburgh’s I Ride A Bike campaign.

Kolby Granville, Tempe City Councilmember and bicycle advocate, kicks off the series. We’re working to book other well known public figures with a goal of doing a series of three people over two months. We also hope to refine the presentation as we go.

The campaign is designed to humanize cyclists. Motorists should be aware that people on bicycles are, like anyone else, pillars of community, members of families, workers, auto owners, and so on, just like anyone else. We hope that some empathy encourages people to take care and save a life.

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